When planning your career as a nurse, there are hundreds of options available to utilize your skills and interests. Nurses can specialize in a specific medical field, work with the elderly, educate other nurses, or even become traveling nurses – an option that allows nurses flexibility or the chance to see the world while helping others maintain their best health.
After becoming an RN, or Registered Nurse, you may be required to spend a year within a hospital environment in order to gain the experience needed to become a traveling nurse. This includes learning different specialties within that specific hospital, giving you a basis of knowledge that will be beneficial to your career and travel plans. Once you are ready to begin this new step in your nursing career, you may want to inquire within local hospitals or medical facilities to see if they offer placement services, or you can contact an agency and begin the screening process.
A traveling nurse can fill many roles, such as a temporary nurse in places where the population fluctuates, a mentor for nurses establishing a new medical facility or many other positions that require short-term, skilled nurses. You also have the ability to be a personal nurse for clients, and perhaps even travel with them as they go about their lives. The only limitation you may have is how much you are personally willing to commit to a lifestyle of constant change... and adventure.
If your love for travel, meeting new people and seeing the wonders of the country is second only to your love of nursing and helping to keep people healthy, then you should consider a career as a travel nurse.